SHARON ANN COMBS, oldest of two children born to Arthur Lloyd and Donna Lazora (Hussman) Louthan, was born May 1, 1948 at Mooreland, Oklahoma. She entered her Heavenly home early Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the age of 70 years and following a sudden illness.
She was raised on the family farm northwest of Chester, Oklahoma in Woodward County. She attended grade school at Richmond and transferred to the Mutual School where she graduated with the class of 1966. She furthered her education attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, graduating in 1969 with a degree in Music Education. She began her teaching career as a vocal music teacher at Fairview and later Seiling. Sharon was blessed with a God given talent for music and was an accomplished pianist and organist, as well as, vocalist. She could transpose music in her head without effort. She was a member of the Seiling Friends Church where she played the piano and organ and sang in the choir, quartets and duets. Later, she attended the First Christian Church in Seiling and continued her music ministry there.
Jay Combs had just completed his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University when he was offered a job with Dr. Gene Decker, DVM, at his Seiling Veterinary Practice. Jay and Sharon were introduced and on June 21, 1969, they were united in marriage at the Seiling Friends Church by Rev. Orville White. They made their home in Fairview and Enid before returning to Chester where they built Combs Veterinary Clinic. Sharon worked as the office manager for Jay, as well as, helping him in any capacity she was needed. They retired from their clinic in 2001.
Sharon's dad taught her how to fly fish and her mother taught her how to cook. Many summer vacations were spent in the Rocky Mountains between South Fork and Creed, Colorado fishing on the Rio Grande River or one of the mountain lakes in the area. Preparing meals for hungry ranchers and harvesters was almost an everyday happening and that continued into her adult years since she loved to entertain and be a gracious hostess. She liked cooking, playing her piano, singing, sewing and watching NCIS but her favorite enjoyment was being “Granny” to four granddaughters.
Jay and Sharon would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this June. Jay survives her of the home in Seiling, as well as, her children, Steve Combs and wife JoLynn of Chester and Stacie Umber and husband Denver of Spring, TX; granddaughters, Kylee Gould of Spring, TX, Kristin Schoonmaker and husband Kendal of Canton, Kacie and Karlee Combs of Chester; her brother, Nelson Louthan and wife Pam of Chester, one niece and two nephews, besides many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Donna Louthan.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Elm Grove Community Church with Pastors Orville White and Dennis Adair, officiating. Private family burial will be at the Elm Grove Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Seiling Ambulance Service fund with Redinger Funeral Home-PO Box 236-Seiling, OK 73663 serving as custodian of the funds.
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